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Pot/Marijuana Law in Connecticut

Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabis has been legal in Connecticut for medical purposes since 2012. On July 1, 2021, the state officially legalized marijuana for adult use. With the new law changes, you have things you need to know. Our attorneys specializing in marijuana law in Connecticut can help answer your questions.

What is a marijuana law attorney?

An attorney practiced in marijuana law in Connecticut is someone who understands the legal complexities of cannabis laws. They are an experienced attorney who can help you through starting a cannabis business, such as compliance, licensing, and other steps to operating a cannabis business.

When do I need a marijuana law attorney?

With the new laws in Connecticut, you may consider opening a new business venture. If you want to own and operate a cannabis dispensary legally, an attorney who understands marijuana law in Connecticut can help you establish your business.

Remember, cannabis is still illegal on the Federal level. Plus, different municipalities may have stricter laws than the state. A marijuana law attorney helps you through where these laws intersect.

What will a marijuana law attorney do for me?

When you open a cannabis business, you will have several aspects of the law to consider. An attorney who knows marijuana law in Connecticut helps you establish the business. The attorney will walk you through the start-up process, compliance issues, and licensing tasks.

Who will be my marijuana law attorney at Spinella and Associates?

At Spinella and Associates, our experienced team can handle all aspects of marijuana law. So, when you select us as your lawyer in Connecticut, you know you get a legal team that will fight for your best interests.

Our lead attorney, Paul Spinella, has more than 40 years of experience. He has successfully defended many cases in court and is the author of Connecticut Criminal Procedure. It is the state's comprehensive reference on the history and law of criminal procedure in Connecticut. His experience in court makes it easier for him to settle cases outside of court, too.

Why do I need a marijuana law attorney from Spinella and Associates?

Marijuana laws in Connecticut are newer laws, but the legal system is the same. Having an attorney who knows the Connecticut legal system is a tremendous advantage. Attorney Paul Spinella's more than 30 years of experience inside the courtroom can dramatically affect the outcome of your case.

How do I choose a marijuana law attorney?

Choosing an attorney who understands marijuana law in Connecticut depends on your needs. If you are starting a business or facing a legal challenge over cannabis, you should consider many different factors, including:

  • Experience. Does the attorney have experience handling cases like yours?
  • Education. Did the attorney go to a law school with a good reputation?
  • Trust. Do you trust the attorney?
  • Communication. Is the attorney willing to talk to you about your case? Do you feel comfortable talking with them?
  • Sympathy. Is the attorney empathetic or sympathetic to your problems?

During a consultation with an attorney, be sure to ask questions. You want to make sure you have like values and can understand each other.

What can I expect from working with a marijuana law attorney?

When you begin working with an attorney who covers marijuana law in Connecticut, you should expect your attorney to:

  1. Communicate. Your attorney will speak with you throughout the process, answering any questions you may have.
  2. Explain the laws. Your attorney will explain how federal, state, and local laws work and how they work together.
  3. Be honest. Your attorney needs to be honest. They should always tell you the truth about the laws relating to your case.
  4. Advocate for you. Your attorney will work with your best interests in mind. Through each step of the legal process, your attorney will give you advice so that you can make the best decisions.

How much does an attorney who practices marijuana law in Connecticut cost?

The cost for an attorney who knows marijuana law in Connecticut can vary greatly. It depends a lot on what you need and how complex the work you need help with is. You should talk to prospective attorneys to find out what they charge.

Can I represent myself in a marijuana law case?

You absolutely can start your own cannabis business. However, before choosing to manage the legal intricacies yourself, please talk to an attorney to determine the risks.

Can I grow marijuana?

As of October 1, 2021, medical marijuana patients can have up to three adult plants and three immature plants at home. This law extends to recreational users starting July 1, 2023. However, you must be at least 21 years old to grow your marijuana. And, you can have no more than 12 plants at home.

How much marijuana can I legally own?

Marijuana laws in Connecticut state you can have 1.5 ounces of pot on your person. You can also transport no more than 5 ounces in a locked trunk or glove compartment of your car. Finally, you can have 5 ounces in a locked container at your home.

What penalties are there if I have too much weed in my possession?

For any amounts over 1.5 ounces, you can face no more than one year in prison and a fine of no more than $2,000. People between the ages of 18 and 21 found with pot will face civil penalties. If you are caught with marijuana within 1,500 feet of an elementary or middle school, public housing project, or daycare center, you can face three more years imprisonment.